2013 Garden Club of America Centennial Tree Project Report
Town and Country Garden Club
TOWN AND COUNTRY GARDEN CLUB, INC.
THE GARDEN CLUB OF AMERICA
2013 CENTENNIAL TREE PROJECT
TOTAL NUMBER OF TREE(S) PLANTED - 18
TREES PLANTED: All Wisconsin Native Birch tree species:
Betula nigra - River Birch - (10)
Betula papyrifera - White Birch - (3)
Betula alleghaniensis - Yellow Birch - (5)
SUMMARY OF PROJECT GOALS:
Our 2013 Tree Project to honor the mission and Centennial celebration of The Garden Club of America was to plant the three Wisconsin Native Birch species at our four major civic project sites. The species planted is appropriate to the growing conditions of each location. This project unified our oldest, newest and current civic projects including the two GCA Founders Fund Finalist winners. We worked in partnership with the Sheboygan City Forester, Director of Public Works, Elwood H May Environmental Park, and Bookworm Gardens. The plantings took place over several years.
2009 -The Mead Public Library 8th Street Corner: River Birch - Betula nigra.
In partnership with the city of Sheboygan, we planted six multi-stemmed River Birch in the upper and lower corner beds on our main street. The existing, deteriorating Hawthorn trees were removed by the city and remaining perennial plants were removed by members of Town and Country GC and sold at our plant sale or planted back at the Library and other civic locations. Cost was covered by proceeds of the Plant Sale and fundraising efforts of the club. The setting was enhanced with additional plantings of Karl Forrester grass, Veronica Speedwell ‘Red Fox’, Ninebark, and Barberry. This tree planting complements our long term downtown beautification project that includes the annual planting of 50 four foot pots with summer flowers and winter evergreens.
2010 - Indian Mound Park: Yellow Birch - Betula alleghaniensis is found naturally at Indian Mound Park and the inner bark was used by the Native American Indians for nourishment and medicine. Our club has protected, preserved and promoted Indian Mound Historic Park and Nature Trail for almost 60 years. Wisconsin can be divided into two distinct floristic provinces and the Yellow Birch is an example of a tree found in our centrally located Sheboygan County which contains plant species from both the southern and northern hardwood forests. We planted three, large, multi-stemmed Yellow Birch but had to re-plant one clump in 2011. We have temporarily caged these specimens to protect them from deer and have added educational information on the infestation of Japanese beetle in the area.
2012 - The Arboretum at Maywood: White Birch - Betula papyrifera (also known as Paper or Canoe Birch)
The Arboretum is a Garden Club of America Founders Fund Finalist and has built a new entrance with a wooden bridge that will lead visitors to The Arboretum. To create an eye-focusing entrance and draw attention to the bridge, a clump of White Birch was planted. NB: The Arboretum has all three birch species and examples of many other Wisconsin Native Trees.
2010 - Bookworm Gardens: River Birch Betula nigra was planted as part of the rain garden we sponsored at Bookworm Gardens; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. The unique mission of Bookworm Gardens is "Bringing books back to life one garden at a time". Money from the Garden Club of America Founders Fund was used for the entrance garden, The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds, which features propagation and education. All three Wisconsin Native Birch trees, Betula papyrifera, and Betula alleghaniensis, will continue to be planted as the construction and expansion of Bookworm Gardens continues.
Town and Country Garden Club Contact
Lulu Lubbers, 2013 Tree Chairman
Trees, Our Living Legacy
The Garden Club of America
2013 Centennial Tree Project
All 200 reports are on the GCA Horticulture Committee web page.